Here is a game from the 2010 State Grade Championship that Bryan annotated exclusively for our website.
My round 4 opponent was Luc Lalonde, a strong 1700 player. I must
admit, i wasn’t expecting too much difficulty, even with black, but
Luc put up a good fight.
White: Luc Lalonde
Black: Bryan Hu
Relatively rare. Normal, of course, would be either 2.c4, 2.g3, or 2.d4.
Personally, I would have preferred 6.Bd3.
Not completely sure what I was doing. I had ideas of …e5, while avoiding shifting my rook to the e-file in favor of supporting a later …f5 in traditional King’s Indian style; however, any …e5 in the near future would be met by an exchange on e5 and then Ba3.
Turning attention towards e4 and also highlighting why the white bishop would have rather been on d3 than e2, to keep an eye on e4. Playing Bd3 now would lose a tempo over playing it on the sixth move.
An interesting strategy. With his pawn moves, White might now consider ideas like Na3-b5, forcing Black to uncomfortably defend the a7-pawn.
Of course to free d7 for the bishop.
Planning f3 and a regrouping.
Heading to a nice hole on e5.
Targeting the newly-made weakness at e3. This forces White into an awkward position.
18. Kf2 g5!
Black’s queen is coming to h5 and …g4 is on the way.
Odd move. Possibly to have a useful rook if the g-file ever opens after …g4 and …gxf3.
Black flicks in a check before dealing with the attack on c6.
(21.g3? Qxh2+ 22.Rg2 Nde4+! 23.fxe4 Ng4+! 24. Bxg4 fxg4+ 25. Bf3 Qh5 will win the piece back with Black up a pawn)
Here I missed a nice win with 21…Ng4! (similar to the note at white’s 21st move), as the threats on f2, h2, and down the f-file when White captures are too strong.
White is trying to simplify and hope to get to a salvageable ending.
White’s pieces are all over the place and uncoordinated. Black’s minor pieces come swarming in.
Wins another pawn.
31. Bxd6 would be met by 31…Bxd3+ and 32…Nxd6.
If 31…Rxf5, 32.Bg4.
White can’t avoid losing material.
37. cxd3 Nd2+
Black is winning, as he is up too much material.